Monday, May 23, 2011

Why Glen Beck Stands with Israel

I had a good laugh when I first saw Mr. Beck, so serious and dour, proclaim that, though it will be difficult in these trying times, we must stand with Israel, even as President Obama tries to destroy it!

ahhh... good stuff, good stuff...

Then my amusement turned to dismay when, on an Israeli blog, I saw someone actually defending Beck's sincerity, pointing out that Beck has always stood with Israel, and asking, "Why do Christians love Israel more than American Jews?"

I thought this was a no-brainer, but then, maybe my Christian upbringing has afforded me some insight that other Jews lack. It's apparent that Israeli Jews in particular really don't know why Christians are so emphatically pro-Israel.

So, let me explain:

Christianity was born in Israel as an apocalyptic messianic sect of Judaism. A good parallel is the people who thought that the world was going to end on May 21st, 2012: giving up worldly possessions, devoting what's left of their time on earth to proselytizing, and mostly adhering to their faith even after the world doesn't end.

Although many Christian groups over the centuries have set dates for the Apocalypse which have come and gone, there's actually nothing in scripture that alludes to any sort of date for the second coming, though the earliest Christians believed that Jesus would return within their generation.

The fact remains, however, that there are prophesies which must be fulfilled before Jesus can come back and oversee the end of days, and since Christianity was born in Israel, it follows that those prophesies would involve Israel.

Many evangelical Christians and Mormons (Beck's religion), believe that we are now living in the end times because the Jews have established a state in Israel (this is one of the prophesies that must be fulfilled before Jesus can return).

The next thing that has to happen, is that the Jewish Temple must be rebuilt on the Temple Mount.

The modern state of Israel was born in 1948, which means that you and I are part of the last-days generation (see Matthew 24:30-32). However, the Temple must once again occupy its place on the Temple Mount before the final major prophecied events of the last days can take place. 
 Then something about all the Jews of the world praying in unison, and then the Antichrist will be revealed, yada, yada, yada... it gets weirder the more you read... four beasts, or a beast with four heads... the Whore of Babylon, the Hounds of Hell... it's a scriptural acid trip.

The point being that Christians in general, and Beck in particular, are not standing with Israel because they love Jews; they are standing with Israel because they want the prophesies fulfilled so Jesus can come back and destroy all the people who don't worship Jesus (which includes all the Jews who don't convert to Christianity).

It's like the divine final solution.

And let's not forget that rebuilding the Temple would involve tearing down the mosque that's there now, so if Israel were to do that, it would certainly cause a lot of violence and strife, even by Middle-Eastern standards, which would only encourage the folks who are trying to bring about the Apocalypse.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Bar Mitzvah Project

I don't have time to write a post, and I'm too exhausted to think of anything clever to say, so I'll just share my boys' Bar Mitzvah Project. They had problems with the video editor they were using, so they had to paste together a music program with Windows Movie Maker, so the song could have been put together better, but I think they did a great job for a couple of twelve-year-olds. Then, of course I'm biased...

Sunday, May 8, 2011

On Shooting Bin Laden

I appreciate that Michael Moore is a consistent contrarian. It's one of the things I like about him. Plus, I'm about as liberal as a person can get before they fall off the deep end (or maybe the political spectrum is more like a Jacob's Ladder, and if I got any more liberal I'd be conservative).

Anyway, I'm overwhelmingly busy these days, so I only caught a brief clip of Mr. Moore bemoaning the killing of Osama Bin Laden without American due process of law.

Now I get the gist of what Moore is saying. It's not about Bin Laden; it's about us, and who we are as a people. But if I may be completely pragmatic for a moment; why would we try Osama Bin Laden in a court of law? What purpose would that serve? Is it because he's innocent until proven guilty? Because he's already taken credit for and spent 10 years capitalizing on the September 11th attacks.

Would we try him in court so that we could parade him around the public square before we kill him? Drive up television ratings? Have opinion polls about whether he should face the electric chair or lethal injection?

Once captured, would there be a scenario that didn't end with his death? Should we house and clothe and feed him for another decade while we let the appeals process run it's course, and then kill him?

Let me also say that I'm opposed to the death penalty, and I think it should be abolished.

Let me go out on a limb here, just to verify my liberal credentials, and say that I don't believe Osama Bin Laden was an evil person. I think that he believed he was fighting for a just cause, and he was willing to die for that cause. I believe he was a human being, just like the rest of us. I believe he loved his family, was good to his friends, and loyal to his god (granted, I think gods are stupid, but then people like Bin Laden kind of prove my point).

So I'm not being spiteful or vengeful when I say that it doesn't bother me that he was shot in the head rather than taken into custody (if taking him into custody was even an option). Hell, I don't care if they creeped into his bedroom and shot him in his sleep. He made his own bed ten years ago.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Take that, Republicans!

*sigh* I was going to do a "Ding-dong, the witch is dead" post, but when I googled that phrase, ten other sites had already done it. Really? The news of Bin Laden's death just broke like twenty minutes ago! Perhaps I'm not as clever as I thought...

Anyway, I'm eagerly waiting to see how Fox News and the Republicans are going to try to spin this; or will they be forced to grit their teeth and pat Obama on the back for accomplishing the task that Bush failed to complete?